Should You Let Your Dog Sleep with You? 7 Benefits to Consider

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The debate is one for the ages: Should you let your dog sleep with you? Every dog owner seems to have an opinion. (Ahem, and the anti-bed ones tend to be the loudest, don't you agree?) But as it turns out, sharing a bed with your pup comes with a handful of very cool benefits. In fact, letting your canine into the bedroom could seriously boost your mood, health and relationship. Here, seven great reasons to let Fido sleep in your sheets tonight. (Tip: Keep this list on hand the next time someone decides to paw-shame you.)

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1. It May Help Calm You Down

It’s known that dogs can help fight anxiety and depression—just look at service dogs and pet therapy. Allowing a dog in your bed is a soothing presence that can help you de-stress after a hectic day.

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2. It Might Also Make You Feel Safe

There’s a reason people have been sleeping around dogs since ancient times. Your little shih tzu may not be much of a guard dog, but just the physical presence of a dog around may help you feel more secure.

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3. It Could Help You Sleep Better

Some people swear (and studies show) that the rhythmic breathing, heartbeat and soothing presence of a dog is the best sleep aid around. Your pup > Ambien.

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4. It Will Strengthen Your Bond with Your Pet

Sleeping in your bed is comforting for Fido, too, who loves nothing more than simply being around you. Every minute you spend together—even if you’re asleep—makes your pup more loyal and obedient.

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5. Not to Mention It’s Cozy

Sleeping with your living, breathing furry friend is pretty much like napping by a radiator. And—let’s be honest—a dog is essentially a stuffed animal for grown-ups.

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6. It Keeps the Kids Out of the Bed

“Sorry, guys, no room for you in here with a big ol’ dog in the way.”

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7. And It Makes for Adorable Instagrams

Just kidding…sort of.

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From 2015-2017 Hannah Loewentheil held the role of Editor covering entertainment, food, travel and all things nyc.